Possible sites for Cork drug centre identified as study details locations of 105 overdoses in the city

A study has identified Cork’s quays and nearby streets as blackspots for drug injecting and as possible sites for a supervised injecting centre.

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Let’s declare an opioid emergency - Mind-altering narcotics

It is common knowledge that Ireland has a problem with the over-consumption of alcohol. What may be so well known is that we also have a problem with mind-altering narcotics, in particular, cocaine, heroin and prescription painkillers.

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Drug dealers make communities 'insecure, fearful and subordinate', study finds

People in positions of power need to go out to communities battling drugs, crime and neglect and put resources into them and give people living there “a chance”, a conference on young people and gangs has heard.

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Young people see drug dealing as ‘work’ to buy consumer goods

Intimidation and violence drives local drug markets and enables drug bosses to keep communities “insecure, fearful, and subordinate”, research shows.

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'It's class genocide' - Recovering drug addict reveals 10 of her friends have died since Christmas

"I started hanging around with a couple of friends from the blocks and we were very innocent. They were smoking hash and I just thought 'well, what about it?' - it was just a bit of craic."

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Problem drug use is on the rise in Ireland

Problem cocaine use is on the rise, with the number of cases of cocaine addiction jumping by 32% between 2016 and 2017.

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Criminalising those found in possession of drugs has negative consequences, activists say

Concerns are being raised over a Working Group's approach to dealing with people caught in possession of drugs.

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US state reaches opioid crisis settlement with maker of prescription painkiller

The Sackler Trust, run by family members who own Purdue Pharma, has announced a halt in its philanthropic giving amid the legal cases.

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New study casts doubt on claims softer drug laws increases teen cannabis use

The publication of the report comes as a State-appointed group here finalises its recommendations to the Government on possible changes to our laws on possession.

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Legalising drugs is no quick fix, but will work

It’s time for the world to change its approach to drugs, with governments needing to legalise and regulate all illicit substances, say Juan Manuel Santos, Ernesto Zedillo, and Ruth Dreifuss.

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TD calls for better resources for Gardaí to tackle 'very visible' drug dealing on Dublin's streets

Street-level drug dealing along Dublin's quays must be confronted, according to TD John Curran.

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Parents need to test kids for drugs and check bedrooms for new 'plants'

An internationally-known addiction counsellor has urged parents to start testing their own kids for drugs and checking any new plants appearing in their bedrooms.

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Expert warns against liberal drug laws; Softer legislation would ‘more than likely’ increase health problems

A child psychiatrist and drug addiction expert has warned the State against decriminalising the possession of cannabis, or any drugs, for personal use

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Number of babies born in withdrawal a nationwide issue

New figures obtained by the Irish Examiner show the 'hidden' crisis is apparent in all parts of the country over the past five years.

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Addicted baby born every three days

A baby is born suffering from alcohol or drug withdrawal symptoms once every three days in Ireland, because the mother drank heavily during pregnancy or was addicted to drugs.

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Amnesty backs calls to decriminalise possession of drugs for personal use

Amnesty is backing calls to decriminalise the possession of drugs for personal use.

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Over 1,100 drug seizures in prisons last year

Prison officers made more than 1,100 drug seizures in Irish prisons last year as part of ongoing efforts to clamp down on contraband.

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Half of Irish people believe drug-using loved ones should not be prosecuted

Half of Irish people do not think a loved one should be arrested or prosecuted for possessing or using drugs, according to a survey.

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People using street tablets 'don't know what they are getting'

People using 'street tablets' are the focus of a new harm reduction campaign in Dublin's north inner city.

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New campaign highlights the dangers of 'street tablets'

'Do You Use Street Tablets?' is an Ana Liffey Drug Project initiative which aims to educate people on the harms of drugs such as diazepam and pregabalin.

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Record seizures tell of booming cocaine trade

Record production of cocaine and rising income levels in Ireland is creating a new boom in the cocaine trade, a senior garda tells Security Correspondent Cormac O’Keeffe.

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‘Family support needed’ as drug deaths top 700

A drug-support group has called for family co-ordinators to be appointed as new figures reveal more than 700 drug-related deaths in 2016.

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Children as young as 10 dealing drugs in Dublin - study

Children as young as 10 are dealing drugs in a large Dublin suburb, a new study has found.

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Addictions must be treated, not glamorised

WATCHING Beautiful Boy at the cinema, two things become apparent. That no amount of Hollywood lighting can glamorise the grinding monotony of relapse, the way the cycle repeats and repeats, boring and predictable and maddening. A bit like the film itself.

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Meath village warns drug dealers who 'often deal in plain sight on the streets' to stay away

A stark message to stay away has been sent out to dealers ahead of a public meeting to rid an Irish village of drugs.

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Ireland hit by ‘surge’ in cocaine trade

The European drug market appears to be experiencing a “surge” in the availability of high-purity cocaine, according to the EU drugs agency.

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Man, 26, due in court over €200k cannabis seizure in Dublin

A 26-year-old man is expected to appear before a sitting of Dublin District Court tomorrow morning charged in connection with a drugs seizure in the city.

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Dublin vintners hit out at plans for drug injecting centre

The injecting centre for chronic heroin and cocaine addicts planned for Dublin’s inner city will result in a rise in crime in the area and will have a negative impact on tourism and business in the capital.

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Crack cocaine is most commonly abused drug in Ireland

Crack cocaine has overtaken heroin as the most commonly abused drug in Ireland.

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Report urges Govt to decriminalise drug use

A new report is calling on the Government to decriminalise drug use.

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Campaign reveals drug users nationwide are travelling to Dublin to buy drugs

It has been revealed people are travelling by train from across the country to Clondalkin in Dublin to buy crack cocaine and other drugs.

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Project for those using train to get crack cocaine in Dublin

People are travelling by train from Cork, Galway, and Belfast to buy crack cocaine in the west Dublin suburb of Clondalkin, according to a harm-reduction campaign.

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Towns and villages along Shannon Estuary awash with cocaine: Lawyer

Towns and villages along the Shannon Estuary are awash with cocaine, a member of the Limerick Joint Policing Committee has warned.

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'We are devastated'- Rachel Allen confirms son's arrest following drugs search

Celebrity chef, Rachel Allen, has spoken of her family's devastation at revelations her son Joshua has been arrested.

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Tony Geoghegan: We need to take personal drug use out of the criminal justice system

The outgoing head of one of the country's leading addiction charities says he is conflicted by a proposal to decriminalise drugs for personal use.

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Drug users ‘more blind now’ to risks

Drug users are “more blind now than ever before” to the dangers of what they are putting into their bodies, An Garda Síochána’s top expert on drugs has warned.

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Group calls for no convictions for people caught with small amounts of drugs

A leading charity has said people caught with a small amount of drugs shouldn’t be convicted of a crime.

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Dublin footballer Philly McMahon backs proposals for drugs decriminalisation

Dublin football legend Philly McMahon has backed calls to decriminalise drugs after it emerged the government is considering scrapping criminal convictions for people caught with drugs for their own personal use.

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'El Chapo' suffering mental health problems following solitary confinement, lawyer reveals

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's mental health is deteriorating, his lawyer has said.

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Sister of teen who died after taking synthetic drug to set up own school programme

The sister of a teenage boy who died after taking the synthetic "N-Bomb" drug is so frustrated at the lack of awareness programmes in schools that she is voluntarily setting up her own intensive drugs education cycles at post-primary level.

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Boys in hospital after drug overdoses at private school in Australia

Five teenage boys remained in an Australian hospital on Thursday, a day after suffering drug overdoses at a private school.

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50-year-old held overnight in connection with crystal meth lab discovered in Dublin

A 50-year-old man has been held overnight by Gardaí after a raid uncovered a Crystal Meth lab in west Dublin.

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Suspected ‘Crystal Meth Lab’ discovered in Dublin

Gardai have revealed tonight that they discovered a suspected ‘Crystal Meth Lab’ as part of ongoing operations targeting the sale and supply of controlled drugs.

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Nine hospitalised after taking drug mistaken for cocaine in Perth

Nine people have been hospitalised in Australia, after taking drugs they mistook for cocaine.

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Boy, 17, dies in hospital after 'taking ecstasy tablets'

A teenager has died after taking tablets believed to be ecstasy, police said.

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Latest: New Government strategy takes 'compassionate and humane approach' to drug use

Update 1.25pm: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar given his backing to moves which would decriminalise possession of a small amount of drugs.

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Conviction of Brazilian rickshaw driver for drug dealing prompts warning by judge

A JUDGE has warned that cases involving the sale of drugs by rickshaw drivers has become a common theme on a daily basis, reports Tom Tuite.

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